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Gwen Stefani: I Love Breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani: I Love Breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani was still breastfeeding son Kingston before her Sweet Escape tour launched back in April.

“I don’t know when I’m going to stop breastfeeding,” Gwen said from her hotel suite during her interview in London, fresh from another feed. “I’ll just keep going while I can – like, he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!”

Gwen also gushed, “[Breastfeeding] is just obviously really convenient with my lifestyle. [For example, Kingston] nursed then went to sleep [during a flight from Los Angeles to London]. But he doesn’t sleep through the night. He’s up every three hours to feed.”

And did you know we’re in the midst of WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK? CELEBRATE!

UPDATE: Gwen is done with breastfeeding as of awhile ago. She announced this on Sydney radio last week (third from bottom).

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  • bite me

    good for her and King

  • Marie

    Awww. You go Gwen!

  • Jay

    I think that is great, good for both! But as a mom I also think for her sake she should have him sleeping longer during the night. It is only natural that at this age he would be and he could still breastfeed and sleep longer and she could get more rest too.

  • Stella

    My Mom and sister breast fed all of their children. They said it’s a very bonding experience. I think it’s great to promote breast feeding.

  • Niecy

    uh…he’s 14 months old. feed him some FOOD and he’ll get full and sleep all night.

  • Anthony

    I don’t think she still breast feeds him..according to the original article she said that when he was only 13 weeks or so, before her tour even launched

  • http://www.justjared.com/ Just Jared

    Anthony, I think you’re right. I think he was 11 months?

  • T

    Too bad she was on Sydney radio last week and said she’s been done with breastfeeding. Can be listened to here http://www.2dayfm.com.au/entertainment/celebrityaudiovideo she’s third from bottom.

  • shelley

    Get a grip Gwen, who are you doing it for? You’re making your little man waaaaay to co-dependent! Let him grow up…I’m all for breast feeding, but really…..

  • Jennifer

    The minimum amount of time breastfeeding suggested by a surgeon general of the U.S. is 2 years. This is also the government promoted minimum throghout Canada and other countries with better health, better health care and lower child death rates than we have. MINIMUM. And the average age for weaning worldwide is 3 to 5 years. The U.S. is an anomaly with its anti-breastfeeding, send your kids right to daycare culture. Don’t think that you are right just because you are common.

  • Anonymous

    Two years is too long. Gone are the days when most Moms stay at home. Baby will benefit from even six weeks of nursing. A stress free rested mom is more important. If you can, give it a try. If you are unable, don’t let the Surgeon General or anyone else give you a guilt trip.

    And I think Gwen rocks! Onstage and as a mother.

  • Dirty Cougar

    Ouch! Sorry! Kingston has teeth now. I wonder if, he comps down on mamma when, he gets mad? lol!

  • kim

    i think its great she wants to breatfeed, butt now that hes 14 months old, he should eat regular food cuz he needs all hiz nutriton and vitamins andd it will look ridiciolus if someone sees a woman breastfeeding a 14 month old, lol

  • Anonymous

    The surgeon general is a man. Easy for him to say two years.

  • Jen

    From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

    “Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child… Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother… There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.” (AAP 2005)

    From the American Academy of Family Physicians:

    “If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned.” (AAFP 2001)

    Go ahead. Tell me how all of the doctors that you run to are wrong.

  • me too

    Dr. Antonia Novello was a woman, and a U.S. surgeon general. She is the Dr. quoted above.

    The World Health Organization emphasizes the importance of nursing up to two years of age or beyond.

    Scientific research by Katherine A. Dettwyler, PhD shows that 2.5 to 7.0 years of nursing is what our children have been designed to expect.

  • AbC

    Kim- Breastfeeding at 1 year doesn’t mean he isn’t eating solid food! Most breastfed babies start on solids around 6 months while still breastfeeding. And no…Breastfeeding a 14 month old doesn’t look ridiculous. It looks like a mother nursing a baby. I never received a sideways glance when nursing my 1 year olds. If anyone even noticed, it was a supportive smile. In my experience all of you that are so weirded out by a nursing baby are a small but vocal minority. My real world experience has been nothing but positive.

  • Sally Kirkland *yes, its really me! :)*

    This bitch really gets me going! Whipping out her boobs for the world to see. Let your baby suck your tits indoors. I don’t wanna have to watch!
    Bob Barker, Carrie Fisher, and Larry King all agree with me.

  • Estelle

    Uh Sally are you talking about Gwen “whipping her boobs out” as you so pleasantly put it? Because in the picture above she is just holding Kingston. And I agree with all the pro breast feeders. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with nursing a child past a year.

  • madalice

    My babe is 16 mo and is still getting the “buh” every once in a while. She eats pretty much anything, the BF is pretty much just for fun and comfort. I can’t believe people get so upset about it.

  • carla

    I LOVE GWEN!

  • Aleisha

    Hahahaha… the people who are so up in arms about seeing boobs while nursing probably surf porn at home! Sorry to be so crude, but you people really p**s me off.

    Nursing is natural and what we are designed to do. If you don’t like it tough hooey. Look away. No one is forcing you to watch.

  • remember da truth

    Love that Gwen is open about breastfeeding. Anyone concerened about nutrition should know that baby food and breastfeeding are not incompatible!

    And even though she admits she has stopped altogether now, people still complain that she was breastfeeding her infant — away from paps’ pictures of her boobs, Sally — at one year old? Terrible.

    I knew a woman who breastfed her baby until it was four years old. THAT’S weird. When the child is talking and coming up to you saying it wants to nurse and is able to unbutton your blouse, it’s time to move on! But Gwen feeding her son until one year old is normal and healthy and fantastic for her.

    Also, for those concerned about working mothers, that’s what breast pumps are for. Not always can a baby actually nurse, but it still can get the natural nutrition God planned for its development.

  • Angelina

    very interesting article, im glad gwen’s so opened to this. anyways, she’s stopped now since i just read the update. she looks nice in the pix btw

  • Mom2Twins

    To each his own, but I don’t see why she feels the need to talk about it all the time. I breastfed my twins for a few weeks, but I don’t bring it up to colleagues at work or in social situations. I have nothing at all against breastfeeding, but I have no desire to see or hear about someone’s boobs.As for breastfeeding in public, it doesn’t bother me except for people like Maggie Gyllenhag who like to make a show of it.

    And IMO, the “benefits” of breastfeeding are way overblown anyway.I know there are “studies” that people like to refer to, but there are studies for everything.

    And sorry to the above poster, but to breastfeed occasionally “for contact and fun” is just inappropriate. Sounds like you’re doing it more for you than anything and your kid’s going to have issues….

  • Rose

    Yeah mom 2twins, ‘studies’ are wrong, I mean how could a woman using her breasts to actually feed her child be normal, I mean they’re just there for men to gawp at, right?
    Idiot.

  • depeche

    Breatfeeding is the best a child can get. Its so goood that ther are celebrities that think so human and normal.

  • Helen

    When my son was hospitalized last Christmas, the only food he could keep down in his system was breastmilk. After throwing up everything (including water and Pedialyte) for four days, he had a non-febral seizure which left him blue and lifeless (he wasn’t breathing). Thank God the paramedics got there in time! CT scans countless blood and urine tests, x-rays, and an MRI, the docs ruled out a brain tumor but never determined what caused the illness. I stayed by his side and breastfed him on demand for a week, until gradually his appetite for solid food came back. I was so glad I didn’t wean him. I helped ‘nurse’ him back to health and every doctor and nurse on staff, regardless of their personal beliefs about breastfeeding, supported my act of love. I learned that out of the nutrients I comsumed, about 50% is passed to my toddler. Half is better than none at all! Everyone thought I was crazy for not weaning sooner before his hospitalization. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to everyone. Now I need to learn to figure out a way to stop. It’s time….

  • madax

    wow lots of little girls who don’t know what breasts are for on this board!
    The World Health Organization and UNICEF (who AJ promotes) state 2 years is MINIMUM. Only us lazy Americans dumb it down to a 1 year recommendation. Gwen rocks and her boy will be brighter, healthier and better for it! Smart mama!

    Jared THANK YOU for recognizing World Breastfeeding Week!!! Save millions of $ and millions of babies…breastfeed !

  • Jen

    EXACTLY, madax.

    Again, the WORLD AVERAGE age for weaning is between 4 and 5 years old.

    For those of you in the US – “world” means those other continents (large land masses) covered with human beings. Only in GB and the US are women so comically selfish and twisted as to completely accept pop culture dictating that breasts are for sex and that they should feed their baby something that no one with scientific credibility actually thinks is good anymore (including the baby formula companies who clearly state “breast is best” on every can), drop it off at daycare, and get on with their lives. As I said above, don’t think you are right just because you are common.

  • Trish

    Angelina Jolie may promote the WHO, but she didn’t breastfeed Shiloh for 2 years, did she.She stopped long ago.

    Oh and to the twit who said breastfed babies are smarter and healthier, that’s just bullshit. My best friend was breastfed and has food allergies, asthma, and is obese now.(she weighs 230lbs) My cousin, who wasn’t breastfed, is an orthopedic surgeon and also a part-time professor at a high-ranking college. Yah, what an idiot she must be!

    Some of you people are really naive. Oh if a “study” says it’s true, it must be true 100% of the time!!!!!!!!!

    Morons.

  • Rose

    Hey they bleeped out my word o-r-gas-m.

  • Anonymous

    Jen, are you that fat lesbian from Celebrity Baby Blog that gets her jollies off looking at Danielle’s perverted breastfeeding gallery?

    And breastfeeding a child who’s 4 or 5, that’s child sex abuse. “Hey Johnny, come suck on mommy for a bit. Your friends can wait.”

    I think the people who are on the militant breastfeeding bandwagon most whole-heartedly are the ones who were breastfed and want to believe they’re superior. Either that, or they have fond memories of it and can’t shut the fuck up about it.

  • DylansMommy

    I don’t see in the article where Gwen actually said, “I love breastfeeding.” She said it was convenient for her, but didn’t say she “loves” it. I hate it when blogs print false statements.

  • FFS

    ROSE YOU ARE ONE SICK FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mmmmm

    Not knocking breastfeeding, I think it is great but I will have to say a fine line when a child can walk up to you and ask for your boob, or simply pull up your shirt if he is hungry. Pump if you still want him to get the good stuff but why have him still hanging from the boob? I never got that part?

  • Keep your saggy tits out of sight

    Ladies I am all for breastfeeding, but do everyone a favor and be DISCREET about it. I was at a department store last week and some big woman was sitting outside the dressing room and had her boob out of her top for all to see. You can feed your baby without showing off your saggy ta-tas. It’s fucking disgusting to do it sitting at a table in a restaurant. It’s all well and good to say it’s natural, but so are pissing, shitting, and having sex, but you don’t see people insisting on doing that in public. And if you’re sitting at a table in a restairant we don’t want your milk squirting out all over the place like a frigging cow. Go feed your baby somewhere private. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE IT!

  • Norah

    In all fairness, I think “most” women (women with some sense of class, anyway) try not to show their whole breast while breastfeeding in public. I was able to do it in malls, doctor’s offices, etc. without making a big production out of it.

    But nothing disgusts me more than seeing older kids breastfeeding in public. I was at a wedding last year and a 7-year-old boy ran up to his mom, lifted her top and started nursing. To make matters worse, she let him and seemed to be unphased by it. THAT is not normal and that boy is going to have some big issues someday.

  • jamie

    First, gwen has never put her boobs out there like Maggie to breastfeed! Also, she didn’t just come out and say I love breastfeeding! She was asked by the interviewer and she answered back, just like all answers celebs give there is a reason you know.

  • TGIF

    Where in this article did she say “I love breastfeeding”?

  • stephanie

    i am still breastfeeding my 14 almost 15month old, and will probably continue until he’s at least 2, whenever he’s ready to stop, it’s up to him~actually nursing him right now! those who don’t support/agree with extended breastfeeding need to leave their IGNORANT opinions to themselves.

  • London California

    I breastfed both my kids and am still nursing my 15 month old daughter. I happen to believe that nursing is more beneficial than formula for many different reasons however I make no judgements on those that didn’t breastfeed. I nursed both children whenever and wherever was necessary however I preferred to have privacy whenever possible. I am disgusted by the name calling, lack of class and vulgarity used by many in these postings. And also by the complete ignorance about nursing shown by many of you throwing insults around. Women should be supporting each other in our efforts to raise our children in the best way possible regardless of if they are breastfed (in public even) or not. Rise above your negativity and support one another.

  • Rachel

    Here’s a thought for all of you anti-breastfeeders: If you are against breastfeeding, then DON’T do it. Stop trying to push your views and beliefs on everyone else and stay out of other people’s business, especially a celebrity who you have never even met and never will. Everyone has their own life and their own choices to make. I personally am breastfeeding my 11 month old, and will continue to do so for at least a few more months because of the vast amounts of benefits it provides. A friend of mine strictly formula fed her child…and I did not put her down for that. If everyone would just mind their own business and stop trying to push their beliefs on one another, the world would be a much better place!

    PS-Just because I breastfeed my son, does not mean that I “whip out my boobs” in public. I AM very discreet about it, as I don’t want strangers seeing my body. Also, for you twisted jerks who are acting as though breastfeeding has anything to do with sexual arousal, you are just pathetic and ignorant. You obviously are not a parent to even suggest that. Grow up!

  • JC

    This is so silly people. People who Breast feed for a few weeks and then give up because it is too stressful..come on. Great that you gave it a try, but where is the dedication, these are our children, the people of our future and why would you not want to give what is best for our youngins’ I was a young mom at 18, I didn’t even think twice about nursing. I took it upon myself to read and do research and DUH! Breast is Best:) More celebrities should nurse and be public about. Maybe since everyone trys to look, act, be like celebrities then maybe everyone will become nursing mothers. You people say “you don’t want to see the boob” your an ass. Breasts are there for a reason, we as women produce food for our young, so they can survive. You formula feeding mothers, should re evalulte what you are putting into your childs system. Their poop smells, they spit up more, they get more colds, ear infections, illness’,they smell weird and to top it off for every year a women nurses she decreases her risk for diabetes. Breast milk is always sterile, always the right temp and always ready to serve.
    I say if you have them use them FOR FEEDING YOUR CHILDREN, and if your don’t going to use them for that reason..I feel so sad and sorry for your child who at least deserves a fair chance at a healthy life.

  • Miley

    You rock Gwen!!!! I wish I could sing like you!! You are Awsome

    Sincerely,
    Miley

  • Lorel

    Anonymous @ 08/05/2007 at 10:18 pm

    Two years is too long. Gone are the days when most Moms stay at home. Baby will benefit from even six weeks of nursing. A stress free rested mom is more important. If you can, give it a try. If you are unable, don’t let the Surgeon General or anyone else give you a guilt trip.

    And I think Gwen rocks! Onstage and as a mother.

    I love the comment above…as a working mom I recently had to stop pumping (my baby is now 10 month). You made me feel so much better about it. Thanks. As for Gwen…you rock for making it as long as you did.

  • http://www.google.com lea

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  • Momo’s mom

    To each his own. What does it matter to anyone else how long she nurses for. It doesn’t harm anyone and has never been shown to produce codependency. He is a baby, he is dependent. Maybe that is what is wrong with this country. Baby forced to act like adults we wonder why children are killing children. Let them be babies!!! Nursing is natural and for however long a women is willing to do it, good for her.
    By the way, my daughter is 15 months. Still nursing and is very healthy and happy. Judge no one!!!

  • misskriss

    >>>It’s ******* disgusting to do it sitting at a table in a restaurant<<<<
    Thank the heavens above that the law does not agree with you!!!

    Its federal law that a woman can breastfeed anywhere she is legally allowed to be.
    Almost every single state has a state law that protects a womans right to breastfeed her baby anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
    Breastfeeding at a table is not disgusting. Why should we have to feed our babies elsewhere? YOU don’t have to shove food into your pie hole in the bathroom, why should our babies??

    If you don’t like looking at a woman breastfeeding, DON’T LOOK.
    If you can’t help but look, then you have some neurosis that you have to have checked.

    I have breastfed all of my children until they were 17 months old.
    They don’t get sick as often as other children, they have never had any food allergies, or allergies of ANY kind.

    Breast milk is helpful to people of ALL ages.
    Why do you think that doctors write scripts for cancer patients for breast milk from the human milk bank??? It helps their immunity, and gives them much needed nutrients.

    And, women have to have a total of over 2 years breast feeding for it to decrease their risk of breast cancer. Why? Because our breasts were made for breast feeding, and NOT breast feeding that long changes our cell structure and helps facilitate cancer growth.

    Those who don’t “believe” the breast feeding studies…well…not everyone can be the brightest crayon in the box.

    P.S. all the “men” who think breast feeding is gross….why do you all think you have them? Men can induce lactation too. Its a natural stand-by in case the mother can’t. Look it up: male lactation.

  • Denise Weimann

    what if someone told u to go eat ur food some wheres else is it right ?wheather it’s in a restraunt outside or in their own living room that baby is doing exactly what u are and thats enjoying a meal.

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